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#1 RGM

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 04:54 PM

I am starting to upgrade my ep collection. Has anyone found one or more eyepieces that they really like for this telescope? I have a TV powermate 2.5 that I like to use on longer ep's for high power. I enjoy DSO and want good quality wide angle ep's in the 25mm - 12mm range. Price is important, otherwise I would just get a set of Pentax XWs. Any suggestions? Bob

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 05:35 PM

You can get Televue Plossls on Astromart for decent prices. I find they have very good edge correction especially compared to the Chinese Plossls. I have the 40mm and 17mm and like them very much. Thinking of buying some more soon.
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Posted 03 November 2003 - 06:02 PM

:)I'm with Blair-
I've got the 40, 26, 21, and 8mm Televue Plossls, and they're just the best plossls you can get (IMO).

You say price is an issue- well, if your telescope has a 2" focuser, you could go for a 2" diagonal and the likes of an Orion Deepview 35mm eyepiece. That would give you 28x and a field of view of about 2 degrees. Just a thought...

Are the Orion Epic ED eyepieces still available? They had apparent field of view of 60' didn't they?



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Posted 03 November 2003 - 06:20 PM

The EPICs are no longer available from Orion but show up on Astromart from time to time. The FOV is 55 degrees. Celestron has a similar type called X-CEL. Same eye relief (20mm) same field of view (55) and look the same but some of the focal lengths are different. They do not have the 3.7mm for instance. Astronomics sells them.
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Posted 03 November 2003 - 07:00 PM

I have a 2" diagonal. It is a Williams Optics. I have an E-Lux 40mm 2" which gives just over 2 degrees at 25x. I find the image good right to the edge. I also have the 12.3mm Epic. I must admit though, that I do like the plossls, even with just 50-52 degrees. Mine are basic Chinese plossls and are the reason for my question. I was not sure if the TV plossls were any better. It appears that they are. Look forward to hearing some other opinions. Bob



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